PA - Orthodox Rabbi Sues Over Funeral Director Law
Rabbi Daniel Wasserman
Harrisburg, PA - An Orthodox rabbi from western Pennsylvania wants a federal judge to prevent the state’s Board of Funeral Directors from requiring the participation of licensed funeral directors in funerals that don’t involve embalming.
Rabbi Daniel Wasserman sued board members and other state officials Monday over what he claims is a recent enforcement effort that infringes on religious freedoms and the right to equal protection under the law.
The 41-page complaint says the law’s been enforced selectively against Jews while Amish funeral practices aren’t subject to the same regulations.
It says the state agency’s actions have had a “chilling effect” on the Orthodox community in Pittsburgh regarding burial rites and practices.
A spokesman for the Department of State declined comment.